The Brewers’ trade for Zach Greinke is big-time. You win with strong starting pitching, and Milwaukee’s 1-2-3 punch of Yovani Gallardo, Shaun Marcum and Greinke is awfully strong.
The Brewers, of course, gave up its young talent to land a true ace and Cy Young Award winner. But in a single move they’re right back in the hunt for the NL Central.
So what if Milwaukee gave up its future to compete now. I’d make the same trade in a split second.
The Giants, remember, won the World Series with barely any regular season offense. The Brew Crew, however, has plenty of offense to go with its revamped rotation.
Milwaukee finished fourth in the NL in runs scored, batting average and RBI. And, finished second in the league in home runs (182). That’s enough offense to win with in Milwaukee.
As far as the Cubs, the move turns up the offseason heat on Jim Hendry. No way the Cubs keep up with Cincy, St. Louis, and now Milwaukee, without adding another strong-arm to its rotation.
Signing Brandon Webb is a must, but hardly counters Milwaukee’s move of Greinke. Trading Carlos Zambrano for a starter is a no brainer, but also seems unlikely. Is Matt Garza the answer or is it time the Cubs part with some younger talent for a true ace?